The Frankenstein Peysur

I’ve been slowly collecting wool yarn for some undetermined special project that never ended up happening. I know I’ve been wanting to knit a lopapeysa for a while now, but I didn’t want to learn on lopi, the Icelandic sheep’s wool yarn, because it is pricey and I thought it’d be a waste to use to learn on.

But I took an accounting of my wool yarns, and discovered that I have enough to make a peysa (it isn’t a lopapeysa because it doesn’t use lopi) with my weird random assortment of wool yarns. So I decided to make this Frankenstein Peysa as practice, leading up to buying a bunch of lopi and making a proper lopapeysa.

I’ve been using this pattern and so far so good.

Without further ado, here is…the Frankenstein Peysur!!!!

My spare yarn wacky colours lopapeysa

Weird random color spare yarn lopapeysa.

As it exists thus far. I like that I’m using a lopapeysa pattern, but am making it with a random assortment of weird colored yarns. At least it is wool, thanks to my obsession with wool. TO BE CONTINUED…

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Custard-Filled Pumpkin

Custard filled pumpkin

Doc and I had read somewhere that the pilgrims in Plymouth would not have had flour or wheat because they hadn’t been able to grow it yet, and therefore they made do with using a gourd as a “pie shell” instead of a traditional pie shell, and the claim was that this was the earliest pumpkin pie – essentially a custard-filled pumpkin.

Sounds reasonable to me, but I didn’t do much checking on these claims. Mostly I was interested in making a custard-filled pumpkin because that sounded delicious. SO WE DID.

It worked out pretty well, except for when I had the “clever idea” of using the pumpkin “hat” to cover it for presentation’s sake, and I put it on before cooking it and lots of the custard spilled out and that is why the custard isn’t filled to the brim of the pumpkin 🙁

But by golly, that custard filled pumpkin had a hat!

A slice of custard filled pumpkin

And I think the slices looked really pretty!

But if you try this, maybe consider not putting the hat on until after the custard has set. Or maybe not at all.

It was very yummy, like pumpkin crème brûlée. Doc mentioned that he might enjoy it with some spices on it, like cinnamon/nutmeg/cloves (the usual pumpkin assortment), but of course I countered that we first had to try it the way it ORIGINALLY WAS. As you might recall when I made Sambocade, it didn’t matter how good it tasted so long as it literally was a thing a medieval person ate at least once. Same dealio here. Except in this case, it is… 17th century people instead of medieval people. STILL.

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Community Music Center Field Day

Today was the 95th anniversary of the San Francisco Community Music Center, so I played some Bach in the CMC Field Day String Orchestra.

It was a lot of fun, and I’m grateful that we actually went for something closer to an allegro moderato speed, unlike other modern performances of Bach that are… blazingly fast!

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